20 December 2022
ST. LOUIS – The Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission announced the panel of three nominees to be submitted to Governor Michael L. Parson to fill the circuit judge vacancy in St. Louis County created by the appointment of Judge Reneé Hardin-Tammons to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Those nominated by the commission are:
John R. Lasater – Judge Lasater graduated in 1988 from University of Wisconsin and in 1991 from Washington University School of Law. He is an associate circuit judge with the 21st Judicial Circuit.
Jeffrey P. Medler – Judge Medler graduated in 1991 from Boston College and in 1994 from Saint Louis University School of Law. He is an associate circuit judge with the 21st Judicial Circuit.
Nicole S. Zellweger – Judge Zellweger earned degrees in 1999 and 2000 from University of Georgia, in 2001 from Yale University, and in 2004 from Washington University School of Law. She is an associate circuit judge with the 21st Judicial Circuit.
The commission received 21 applications and interviewed all applicants during two days of public interviews on December 19 and 20, 2022. Pursuant to Supreme Court of Missouri Rule 10.29, the commission reports the final votes received by each nominee were: Lasater received four votes, Medler received five votes, and Zellweger received five votes.
The members of the Twenty-First Circuit Judicial Commission are: Michael E. Gardner, chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and chairperson of the commission; William P. Grant; Al Koller III; Matt Reh, secretary of the commission; and Kelly Wittenbrink.